Ankle Injuries

Types of Injuries

If you have an ankle injury, you may experience some of the following signs and symptoms:

 

  • Instantaneous, throbbing pain

  • Swelling

  • Pain that gets worse with activity and decreases with rest

  • Tenderness

  • Problems with walking or bearing weight

  • Difficulty putting your shoes on or taking them off

  • Bruising

  • Foot or ankle deformity

 

A sprained ankle is an injury that occurs when you twist, turn or roll your ankle in an uncommon way. This can extend or tear the ligaments (tough bands of tissue) that help hold your ankle bones together. Often times a person may hear a snapping sound or experience a snapping feeling however; this is not always a sign of a sprain or a fracture. An ankle strain is a possibility as well. It’s also possible to have an injury that causes little or no pain with activity, swelling for 2-3 days or changes to your foot or ankle that don’t seem quite right should be looked at by a doctor. For a fracture, the treatment depends on the exact site and severity of the fracture. A severe break may require surgery to implant plates, rods or screws into the broken bone to maintain proper position during healing.

 

Achilles tendon

The tendon attaching the calf muscle to the heel.  Achilles heel injury, Achilles tendonitis, tendinosis and tenosynovitis should never go untreated because an injured, weakened tendon may not be strong enough to stand the demands of everyday activity. And although it might seem to be healing, scar tissue may be forming and the scar tissue is never as strong as a healthy tendon. These conditions lead to the weakening of the tendon and may even cause a complete rupture. Keeping your feet and ankles healthy is imperative to a healthy lifestyle.

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